Joined: Feb. 2007
||Posted: July 19 2008,23:46
|...you could be behind a hardware firewall with no ports open...|
Oh, the insane "Puppy defense." Which is irrelevant if you have buggy software that's exploitable either through computers on your own network or via cross scripting (XSS) and other exploits. Take a look at the changelogs for software like OpenOffice and Firefox (all Mozilla products -- popularity increases the likelihood criminals will find exploits). If you're using a browser, you're opening your computer up to exploits, firewall or no firewall. If you only browse sites that are legit and well-managed, you're probably safer than someone who indiscriminately click on links. And no, the danger isn't limited to your browser or to your OS. You can be pwned via Flash, QuickTime, etc., while using OSX, Linux, or Windows. And I suppose the more naive and gullible you are about your level of security because you think you're safer using one OS or another, the more at risk you probably are.
E.g. (and using Apple as an example of sh*tty programming that endangers users):
"It felt kind of like having a pitbull terrier on my rear end."
-- meo (copyright(c)2008, all rights reserved)